Why analytics is a key tool for retail

Success in retail is contingent on offering the customer the right product in the right environment. Matching the two can be hard, since no two customers are the same, and external forces as diverse as catwalk trends and the weather affect demand and purchasing decisions. In the digital age, consumers interact with stores and service […]

How did we develop software without Docker?

Software developers have used container technology for some time now, but why is Docker so darn popular? With Docker, a developer can use a command to build everything needed to run an application into a single package. Docker’s developers built its API to fit seamlessly into most development and deployment workflows. Remember when it was […]

Cognitive computing assistant is a marketer’s new best friend

Fortune 1000 companies and other large enterprises manage data about website performance, customer relationship management and marketing automation platforms, just to name a few sources. They may also have data from e-commerce, point-of-sale, loyalty or guest systems, as well as reports and presentations: marketing plans, strategic plans, audience personas and research, media plans, and so […]

Sleep easier with availability monitoring

Necessity is the mother of invention. Anything that can fend off the Saturday 2 AM call to my fellow developers, or even just reduce the pain of late-night troubleshooting, is worth the invention. If your team uses DevOps practices, offers your organization continuous delivery and is responsible for delivering always-on code, you know what I […]

Data security is a must for building a digital business

Then-FBI Director Robert Mueller said in 2012, “There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be.” Companies — both business-to-business and business-to-consumer — are driven more than ever to rapidly adapt to digital business. The ways companies and their customers seek and consume information, make purchase decisions, […]

Stay tuned to Thoughts on Cloud for cloud integration stories

Hello to regular readers of Thoughts on Cloud, home for news and expert analysis from the world of cloud computing. I am thrilled to announce that, beginning today, the cloud content previously published at the IBM site In the Making will now run here. We’ve moved to make it easier than ever for cloud professionals […]

AngioDynamics unifies a global team with enterprise video

Engaging employees is a top priority in just about every business today. With many employees working in remote locations, keeping everyone informed and instilling corporate culture are important.  Enterprise video is a great way to accomplish these goals and help employees thrive. AngioDynamics, a medical device maker based in New York state, is a great […]

6 short sentences that sparked the creation of a cognitive app

It started on a busy morning expressway in an unfamiliar city. Three of us were on our way to a meeting that was a little further away than we thought. While watching the driving app, we suddenly realized that we were in the wrong lane to make a sudden turn. Waiting precariously in the wrong […]

How cloud brokerage matches the right cloud to your workload

I’ve had a lot of conversations this past year with clients who have wanted to deploy new or move existing workloads into the cloud. Asking a few fundamental questions about the application’s operational requirements can turn a simple case of deploying code and data to a cloud environment into something rather more complex. For example, […]

Streaming your next all-hands meeting? Prep execs for their video debut

A CEO may be a great strategist and leader in the office, perhaps even a great public speaker. Yet many executives find it challenging to communicate their passion and charisma when speaking in front of a video camera. Too often, the result is a bland performance that doesn’t inspire employees’ confidence. That’s a problem, since […]

Don’t go it alone in the team sport of retail digital transformation

The reaction of IT teams to the ever changing “bimodal IT” landscape has been interesting to watch over the past several years at the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) BIG Show. There have certainly been winners and losers, but not always the ones you might expect. There has been a surge away from centralized IT in […]

Meet 3 contenders in the Connect to Cloud Cognitive Build initiative

Thomas J. Watson said, “I believe the real difference between success and failure in a corporation can be very often traced to the question of how well the organization brings out the great energies and talents of its people.” When you look at companies today — big or small, anywhere in the world — one […]